author : bill fuller
pages : [paperback] 432
release date : april 8th 2016
When Angie’s big fat Greek wedding goes bust, her grandmother sends her on a trip to Greece with the instruction to set sail on a mysterious fishing boat that will take her to an uncharted island. Waiting for her at the dock is Milos, who’s charming and handsome and confesses he’s been crushing on her for years, even though he’s never met her. He also tells her he’s a descendant of the original Gods of Olympus, who are plotting their return to power.
Before she can say “Oh my God,” Angie is flying a winged horse alongside Milos and finding love in his arms. But there’s one little hitch: Milos’s elders are forcing him to marry a malevolent goddess named Electra to fulfill their plan. If Angie is to have any hope of hanging onto Milos, she’ll have to battle monsters, both reptilian and lipsticked; uncover secrets about her past; and go toe-to-toe with Zeus himself, whose recipe for world domination doesn’t call for a sassy girl from the outer boroughs.
I downloaded a review copy of this book on Netgalley and am extremely grateful to Midnight Ink for approving my request. This in no way affected my review/opinions of the book.
I don’t think I’ve ever marked a book as DNF so early on in the story. I barely made it to 50 pages before I decided that A Girl’s Guide to Landing a Greek God wasn’t for me.
I was initially attracted to this book because the cover was awesome and I’m very interested in Greek myth; I love books about it and even took a course about it last semester. I’m all for modernizing these myths and making them more fun and accessible to people.
However . . . this book had a lot of problems for me. Maybe it stems from the fact that this is a man writing a “girl’s guide”. I’m all for authors writing from the viewpoint of someone completely different from who they are, but it has to be believable. You have to capture what it’s like to be a woman–and not only that, but a specific kind of woman, because Angie, like any character, is supposed to be unique. Instead she’s kind of all over the place. Here’s a line that I really had trouble with:
As Angie wound her way through the crowd, she found herself skipping.
Well, that was only one of the lines that took me out of the story. How old is Angie? Old enough to worry about marriage, kids, and ending up alone. Besides, in the context of this line, she isn’t even skipping toward anything fun. She’s just going to ask someone a question. Something else in the story that really knocked me out of the narrative was when Angie mentioned overhearing her grandmother having sex and just smiled about it. And wished that she had as many opportunities as her grandmother. No matter what your age, gender, or sex–who would really react like that?
In these 50 pages, the Greek God was only mysteriously alluded to a few times–and in all of them, he’s anxiously pining for the human he’s been obsessing over from afar. I didn’t stick with the book long enough to see why he started to watch her/want her so badly, out of these billions of humans, but . . I’m hoping it was a good reason.
I won’t be recommending this book, but maybe there’s a chance romance readers would be able to push through these pages to get to the bulk of the story. For me, and the reading goals I have for 2016, it just wasn’t worth continuing.